The economic crisis we now know as the Great Recession reminded Americans once again that there is no end to education in the modern era. As millions of unemployed workers discovered during the downturn, landing a new job often requires a stop at school first. Those who did not return to class were often left out in the cold, because most companies are only looking for outstanding candidates with relevant knowledge and experience during tough economic times. They are not searching for applicants that have an outdated skill set.
What can a college degree do for you?
According to data from the Department of Labor, there is a growing skill gap between the workforce in the United States and available jobs. These open positions are then filled by either a current employee or a foreign worker. Modern businesses rarely take a chance on applicants who do not have the education and/or experience that is needed to do the work.
The average college graduate earns one million dollars more in a lifetime than the average high school grad. This oft-cited statistic should be enough to convince any low-wage earner to go back to school. But there are many more where that came from. Consider the fact that of the 50 top-paying careers in the United States, only 2 do not require a 4-year college degree (nuclear power reactor operator and air traffic controller)!
For better or worse, the era in which one earned a degree, got a job, and stayed in it forever is over. The worker of today will change jobs 11 times over the course of his or her working life. In this new, ultracompetitive environment, there is absolutely no room for complacency. The worker of today must keep abreast of the issues and trends that affect his or her business. This includes changes in technology, skills, and tactics.
Who are we?
Kaplan University offers a wide range of campus-based and online programs for students who want to reach their career and educational goals.* This includes popular fields of study such as criminal justice, education, nursing, legal studies, business, arts and sciences, and health sciences, just to name a few. Students can earn associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We also offer certificate and diploma programs.
Who are our students?
Here at Kaplan University, we take pride in offering a vital service to a chronically underserved portion of the population—working adults. These are folks who want to go back to school but do not have the time or resources to attend a traditional college or university. By offering them online classes that they can fit into their busy schedules, we have helped them achieve their goals. How do we know?